6 Tropical Party Ideas to Warm Up Winter Guests

The opening party for the Chicago Botanic Garden's Orchid Show had Hawaiian music, pink cocktails, and other tropical tropes.

By Jenny Berg March 5, 2014, 7:30 AM EST

Photo: Robin Carlson

On Valentine's Day, in the midst of one of Chicago's coldest winters in decades, the Chicago Botanic Garden hosted a tropical-theme event. To celebrate the opening of its new Orchid Show, which features more than 10,000 flowers in floor-to-ceiling displays, the garden's woman's board hosted a bash called “Welcome to Paradise.” Here's a look inside the event, which gave guests a rosy-hued—if brief—respite from the winter blues.

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